doula

...the pregnant couple's fairy godmother

In 2017 I expanded my doula practice and founded True Birth. We birth doulas are trained labor support professionals who attend to the emotional and physical comfort needs of laboring women so that labor may progress as smoothly as possible. Having no medical tasks to fulfill, we can devote ourselves completely to the unique needs of the birthing mother. As such, the role of the doula during birth is complementary to that of a midwife or obstetrician.


Our experience with birthing women in just about every scenario affirms over and over again that birth requires we surrender in order to open and allow life to pass through us. When a laboring woman becomes fearful or anxious, her body’s innate wisdom stops the opening and she experiences pain with the added tension of stress. To free her up to continue her work, without unnecessary tensions, mother needs to feel safe, tended to, held. For millennia and across cultures, women in childbirth have sought the reassuring presence of other women whose hands and very being nurture, guide, and support the birthing mother. Today, a doula fills this traditional role.


birth doulaWe draw on our professional training and experience to care for you as we:

  • Provide the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor
  • Suggest comfort measures during labor, such as massage, breathing techniques, positioning
  • Lend a calm perspective and reassuring presence
  • Offer guidance to your partner’s hands… his/ her touch with my skill and experience
  • Take the pressure off your partner so that s/he is free to engage at his/her own comfort level
  • Translate medical lingo while in hospital
  • Facilitate communication between you, your partner, and your care providers
  • Initiate breastfeeding and facilitate bonding

 
Studies show that when doulas attend birth labors are shorter, have fewer complications, babies are healthier and breastfeed more easily. 
The Cochrane Review is part of a growing body of research on the effects of labor support with a doula.

partners

Some partners are concerned about what their role will be when a doula is present. Your partner loves you more than anyone else. The delicious intimacy between the two of you is essential to your support. We are not there to takeover this role. While we probably know more about birth, breastfeeding, current trends in hospitals and maternity care, your partner knows more about you. The combined support of partner and doula, along with a competent, considerate and caring staff gives you the best chance of an optimal outcome and a beautiful birth experience.

We know when to step back and allow the couple the privacy they need. We also know how to model what works for a laboring woman, thereby quietly guiding a partner into supporting their beloved with confidence. Our couples are suprised when they find our presence brought them closer through the initmacy they experienced during birth.

We have worked with many other family members as well. It is not uncommon to have mothers, grandmothers, sisters and close friends in the labor room. We can make room and honor anyone you choose to invite. It’s your birth so it's important you feel supported.
 

the process

Please attend one of our Open Houses to get a feel for us. Here we'll outline for you what you can expect of us. As we accept a limited number of women each month, we encourage you to call as soon as possible to assure our availability. Once we’ve met and feel we’d like to move forward in working together we collect our fee and encourage you to begin using us right away by jumping into our Workshops!

When you are in labor we are prepared to step out of our lives on a moment's notice and are committed to staying with you throughout your birthing your baby. We will labor with you at your home, or meet you at the hospital or birth center whenever you are ready and whichever is most appropriate for your labor.

After baby is born we help you breastfeed your newborn as soon as you and baby are ready. Our aim is for you to transition into parenthood with as much joy and ease as possible. Finally, approximately one to six weeks after the birth (it’s up to you) one of us will come to your house for a postpartum follow-up visit.

 

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